Microsoft OneNote picks up support for keyboard shortcut, FiftyThree's Pencil

Microsoft has updated its OneNote app for iPhone and iPad. The notetaking app now offers support for FiftyThree's Pencil stylus, along with some new features in iOS 9, including support for keyboard shortcuts.

To use Pencil with OneNote, select the Draw tab for your note, then select Stylus, then Pencil by FiftyThree. You'll need to press the Pencil to the black dot to connect it to your iPad. Once you've done that, you can take advantage of features like palm rejection.

The other major addition to this version of OneNote is keyboard shortcut support for iOS 9. Holding down the Command key on an external Bluetooth keyboard will display OneNote's list of commands, which include Find, bullet points, numbering, indentation, and select tags.

There are other important enhancements as well. You can insert files from OneDrive for Business, Work, and School onto your OneNote pages from Microsoft's OneDrive app. There have also been issues fixed with the camera zoom, page list scrolling, and the share extension in Split View mode.

You can download OneNote for iPhone and iPad 2.17 from the App Store now.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

3 Comments
  • So......this works on the iPhone? Would pencil be the first iPhone bluetooth stylus? If so goodbye note hello iPhone!!!! Sent from the iMore App
  • These BT Stylus aren't anything like the S Pen on a Note.
  • This app just keeps getting better and better. Right now I am forced to use Windows 7 through Parallels because of work but just to run the one program I need. I don't see myself going back to Windows but Microsoft's services are killing it! Though they don't really compare, I haven't even bothered trying the new Notes app because OneNote ain't broke so no since in fixing it!